Situated in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is one of the world’s most iconic holiday destinations, offering a wonderful blend of sun, sea, sand and beautiful scenery – so say ‘aloha’ to paradise!

6 hours in… Hawaii

It’s often said that there’s no place on Earth like Hawaii, so if you arrive on the islands with only a single day to explore, make sure that you make it a day to remember.

Hawaii is made up of several islands, including Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island – also known as the Big Island. However, Honolulu – Hawaii’s capital located on the Big Island – is most regularly included within Hawaiian cruise itineraries and once you arrive here it is easy to see why.

The stunning coastline of Honolulu, Hawaii

The stunning coastline of Honolulu, Hawaii

Like many idyllic island destinations, Hawaii stunning beaches are amongst the archipelago’s main attractions. Whether you’re laid-back beach lover or an active adventurer, Hawaii’s coastline will have something to keep you entertained. From surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving to whale watching trips and wild dolphin experience, there’s simply so much to savour.

Been before?

If simply relaxing on the beach isn’t really your thing, than Hawaii’s dramatic and exotic landscape offers plenty for intrepid travellers to uncover. The Big Island’s colossal volcano is one of Hawaii’s most famous natural landmarks, alongside the dense forests that surround it, and a hiking trip across the stunning landscape is a great way to appreciate it on foot. Those who aren’t too keen on taking a tiring walk across often rough terrain could alternatively opt for a prearranged excursion to see Hawaii’s most incredible sights, in the form of a helicopter tour, offering a birds-eye view of this unique volcanic island.

Dramatic landscapes on the Hawaiian island of Kauai

Dramatic landscapes on the Hawaiian island of Kauai

Can’t keep away?

If you’ve been to Hawaii more than twice before, by now you should definitely have tried some of fantastic local cuisine. If however, you’ve been sticking to fast food and quick meals whilst on the islands, now is the time to branch out, try something new and experience what can only be described as a taste sensation!

There’s a plethora of authentic local dishes to sample on the islands of Hawaii, and while some may not be to your tastes, there are plenty that you are sure to enjoy. As an island state, seafood is obviously one of the main ingredients in many local dishes, with salmon, tuna and wahoo fish often on the menu. Other local favourites include Kalua pig – pork wrapped in banana leaves; Pipi kaula – Hawaii’s own style of beef jerky; and Malasade – fried bread dipped in sugar.

Don’t even bother!

Unlike many American states, gambling is illegal in Hawaii, so don’t arrive on the island expecting a Vegas-style weekend! The island’s laid-back ambience also includes attire and even businessmen and women arriving in Hawaii are more likely to don a loose fitting aloha shirt and slacks than a suit and tie.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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